Conrad Murray wants a new trial, and he just might get it. A California court has set dates for Murray's legal team to argue that he, the former cardiologist convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, deserves to face another jury, reports Billboard.com.
The arguments are scheduled to begin Jan. 9.
Murray is insisting that the judge in his first trial, which ended with a guilty verdict in November 2011, excluded key evidence. He's convinced that if a jury hears it, the conviction will be overturned.
Contrarily, the attorney general's office said that the judge made no errors and that Murray has no basis for an appeal.
Murray served two years of a four year sentence after a jury found him responsible for administering a fatal dose of propofol — a power anesthetic — to MJ as he was preparing for his This Is It tour. In his first post-prison interview, he said that he and Jackson, "loved each other like brothers," and that it was actually Jackson who caused his own death.
Jackson died from the overdose in June 2009.
Murray was released from an L.A. prison this past October, partly due to overcrowding and partly due to "exemplary" behavior. Fans and family have protested. Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson said he was "disgusted" by the early release.
Meanwhile, Jackson's mom, Katherine Jackson, is also looking for an appeal — she wants another jury to look at her wrongful death suit filed against AEG Live!, the concert promoter that, she claims, was responsible for hiring and supervising Murray.
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